Sunday, September 25, 2011

TAPS, Unbelievable Talent!

I was at the airport today picking up my hubby who went to PEI to visit his family, and I saw a group of Canadian troops. They were obviously being deployed somewhere, but I was too shy to approach them and ask where they were going. When we got home, I checked my emails, and West Coast Teddi had sent me this very inspiring rendition of TAPS.

The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu from Holland . The young lady, her trumpet and her rendition of TAPS makes your hair stand on end.
Many of you may never have heard taps played in its entirety, for all of the Men and Women who have died for you to have the freedom you have in America .  This is an opportunity you won't want to miss and I guarantee you'll never forget.

Amazingly beautiful .. Melissa Venema, age 13, is the trumpet soloist.

Here is 'Taps' played in its entirety. The Original version of Taps was called Last Post, and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801.  It was rather lengthy and formal, as you will hear in this clip, so in 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named 'Taps'.



Our military is the backbone of our country. The Liberals decimated them by refusing to fund them for decades. Now, the Conservatives are rebuilding our proud forces, but the lefties are shouting about unnecessary expenditures, like new helicopters and jets, they are pandering to their voters, without caring about Canada.  I would prefer 1.1 Billion a year going towards our troops instead of the lame, useless and biased CBC.

7 comments:

maryT said...

Absolutely beautiful. I heard her play that before, last Nov. Do have it posted again for Nov 11.

angrygaijin said...

I dunno if I would go so far as to say that the military is the backbone of Canada. I had always hoped that we were something more peaceful. :)

Joe said...

The young lady can play the trumpet but what she was playing was not Taps or The Last Post. They are not the same tune. Taps is played daily at end of day. Last Post is played at funerals and on Remembrance Day. What she played would best be described as variations on the Last Post theme. As a former Last Post - Reveille Remembrance Day player I know I would have been run out of town on a rail if I had tried to do a variation on either the Last Post or Reveille at a solemn occasion. None of which is meant to take away from a young lady playing her trumpet very well. Not as well as Wynton Marsalis would do but still very well played.

maryT said...

She is only 13, give her time.

Southern Quebec said...

Don't we have to call the military "Royal" something or other now? Now that's a good way to spend taxpayer money, doncha know...

People are the backbone of a country, not one government department.(dare I call them civil servants?)

Ken said...

Nothing great here. She has good tone, but I can find you LOTS of 13 year olds who could do as well. As a child I was playing much more challenging trumpet solos at that age.

West Coast Teddi said...

Esque ... only the RoyalCAForce, RoyalCNavy (the Army is still the Army) but add to that the RoyalCMPolice, RoyalCMint, and the "new" Victoria Royals (western Canadian junior hockey team)... ah to be a ROYAL Nation!!!

I am a proud Royal Canadian ... and next the Royal Conservative Party of Canada ... a Royal MAJORITY eh!!